Rhys Taylor, 36 Family and 30 Park PlaceJonathan Galbraith, Mathieson Consulting2020 has thus far proved to be a memorable year for all the wrong reasons, but nonetheless it remains an interesting one...
Peter Mitchell QC, 29 Bedford RowStock Options and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) are frequently encountered by the Family Court when dividing property on divorce or dissolution of a Civil Partnership....
Bristol police successfully apply for FGM protection orders 10 February 2016 Avon and Somerset Police have this week become the latest force in the country to aid the prevention and ending of female genital mutilation (FGM) by seizing the passports of three girls who were travelling abroad from Bristol as soon-to-be victims of the practice.
New State Pension sharing information published by DWP 09 February 2016 The Department for Work and Pensions yesterday (8 February 2016) published new information regarding the new arrangements for State Pension sharing being introduced on 6 April 2016, and how they will affect those who reach State Pension age from that date.
Pension offsetting: a question for the Family Court, or for an actuary? Gwyn Evans 12 February 2016 In ancillary relief litigation, whose responsibility is it to quantify the value of future pension benefits and their non-pension substitutes if offsetting is being considered? What method should be applied to any comparison of pension and non-pension assets?
No fault divorce - family law in need of modernisation? Sarah Green 09 February 2016 Almost half of all marriages today will end in divorce. Financial freedom, access to education, advances in technology and moves towards gender equality are all factors which have changed our attitudes towards the longevity of marriage.
Fear and loathing at the Family Mediation Council Philippa Dolan 09 February 2016 The deadline's passed. Most of us didn't get there. By 'most of us', I'm identifying with the family lawyers who have trained as mediators and been mediating for thousands of couples over the years alongside their day-jobs as lawyers.
PUBLIC LAW CHILDREN: Re S (Children)  EWCA Civ 83 Hearing Date: 09 February 2016 Lady Justice Black, Lady Justice Gloster and Lord Justice Vos Court of Appeal The father's appeal from case management decisions not requiring the 15-year-old complainant to give oral evidence during a fact-finding hearing was dismissed.
FINANCIAL REMEDIES: GN v MA  EWHC 3939 (Fam) Hearing Date: 22 December 2015 Mr Justice Bodey Family Division The mother's application for a significant variation of periodical payments was struck out.
PRIVATE LAW CHILDREN: NTS and Others v Georgia (Application No. 71776/12) Hearing Date: 02 February 2016 European Court of Human Rights The European Court of Human Rights held that the order returning the children to the care of their father had violated their Art 8, European Convention rights.
PROPERTY: G v G  EWHC 2101 (Fam) Hearing Date: 06 July 2015 Mr Justice Bodey Family Division The judge determined that the English court had jurisdiction to hear the wife's application under TOLATA pursuant to Brussels I.
ENFORCEMENT: Re D (A Child) (International Recognition)  EWCA Civ 12 Hearing Date: 27 January 2016 Lord Justice Moore-Bick, Lord Justice Ryder and Lord Justice Briggs Court of Appeal The father's appeal from a decision denying recognition of the Romanian order transferring custody of the child to him was dismissed.
FINANCIAL REMEDIES: Estrada v Al-Juffali  EWHC 213 (Fam) Hearing Date: 08 February 2016 Mr Justice Hayden Family Division The High Court has refuted a Saudi businessman's attempts to invoke diplomatic immunity to defeat his former wife's financial claims.